Portuguese Wine

 

Portugal is best known for its fortified wines Madeira and Port. But there are also some outstanding examples of still wines, mostly from the north of the country where conditions are not as hot. The appellations are classified as D.O.C., Denominacao de Origem Controlada. 
 
Many factors contributed to what has become the modern Portuguese winemaking industry, such as the boom in Port shipping, the effects of the 19th century Phylloxera and oidium crisis and subsequent vine replantings and the rise of estates (quintas), not to mention joining the European Union in 1986.
 
The main still wine producing regions are the Douro, Dao, Bairrada, Vinho Verde, Terras do Sado and Alentejo. Much of the wine is produced with indigenous grape varietials, often with many in the blend, that give it distinct and delicious character. These include for whites: Loureiro, Arinto, Malvasia Fina and Alvarinho. For reds: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Aragones), Baga, Castelao and Trincadeira Read more »

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Ricardo Bernardo

I'm Portuguese and I work on hospitality. Passionate about the Algarve and is food. What atracts me on the wine world it's the variety and the different results using the same grape. First memory with wine, magnum bottles from red wine from Dão.

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Varietals Produced in Portugal View all

  • Touriga Nacional

    History of the grape: Touriga Nacional is produced as a still table wine, but is also one of the most important grape...

  • Trincadeira Preta

  • Roriz

    The only classic variety of the Douro not indigenous to Portugal, Tinta Roriz is known in Spain, its birthplace, as T...

  • Periquita

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

Subregions of Portugal

  • Alentejo

      This region lies in southern Portugal, known mostly for its extracted, rich wines. The cli...

  • Douro

    This region, named for the river, is best known for its reds that are specially selected to go ...

  • Madeira

    Madeira is named after the island in Portugal where this unique wine is produced. It was discov...

  • Vinho Verde

    This region in northern Portugal is known for its dry, refreshing, low alcohol and lightly spri...

  • Açores

  • Alenquer

Popular Wineries in Portugal View all

  • Quinta do Crasto

    Quinta do Crasto is located on the right bank of the river Douro, halfway between Régua and Pinhã...

  • Quarles Harris

    Symington Family Estates are the leading producers of premium quality Ports. The combined sales o...

  • Altano - Symington Family Estates

    Portugal's Douro Valley is one of the most spectacular wine growing regions in the world. Its bea...

  • José Maria da Fonseca

    The largest expanses of Jose Maria da Fonseca vines are found in Setubal. each utilising appropri...

  • Quinta do Vallado

    Quinta do Vallado, established in 1716, is one of the oldest and most famous “Quintas” in the ...

  • Companhia Agricola do Sanguinhal

    Companhia Agrícola do Sanguinhal’s head-offices are located in the municipality of Bombarral with...

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Real Companhia Velha Vinho do Porto Don Jose Tinto Aloirado nv

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... the Douro valley in northern Portugal and takes its name from the city of Oporto at the mouth of that river.It is a fortified wine because brandy is added to arrest the fermentation process.Real Companhia Velha,also known as the Royal Oporto Wine Company,is the oldest Port Wine Company o... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Graham's Fine Ruby Porto

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    Deep ruby purple in color as a young Ruby Port is. Bright fruit, a bit of alcohol burn, but delightful. Roasted chocolate, some espresso, and herbaceous, great everyday Ruby Port.. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • I should say that we've only been interested in collecting wine in a wine ... France, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Iceland, England, Scotland, Wales, Australia, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand.  The worst wine we have ever tasted was made in Vietnam.  The best wine we have ever tasted was made in Napa Valley (Barnett). The issue of over-... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thursday (possibly into and...


  • Callabriga Douro Red 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by orangegroves


  • Graham's 10 Year Old Tawny Port NV

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    Would have loved to try this along with the Taylor Fladgate 10 year, but this is superb.A bit drier than I expect for a Tawny, but packed full of dense cooked raisin, spice, nutmeg, and vanilla. Exceptionally easy to drink either with an espresso or espresso and desert. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Mundus Rose Leve Adega da Vermelha

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    No written review

    Wine review by LuisMichel


  • Quinta Do Portal Colheita Douro 2011

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    Pretty red color in the glass. Fairly modest nosesome berry, some nuttiness. Not offensive at all on introduction to the palate. Again, only a hint of berry fruit flavor. A bit of tarry bitterness around the edge of the tongue. A very lean and angular wine. Negligible tannin. Mid-to-light on the acid. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Taylors Tawny Port 10 Years

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    (Past tasting 16 Jun 2013) Rich coffee and chocolate nose. Berries and coffee on palate. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Casal Garcia Vinho Tinto NV

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    (Past tasting 2 Mar 2013) Not too keen on the spice, a bit too much... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Feist Tawny Port None

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    Fine for cooking. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • I love the wines and the people in Portugal.. they are trully wonderful, beautiful, loving and sincere people. Have a couple great friends that I have met on a social site. Known them for two years just chatting and talking on live chats. We have a good friendship. MAUH... abracos y beijos ;)

    Comment by 1121846didi 1121846 didi


  • it has fine wines to many for me to remember

    Comment by 874532vilasol 874532 vilasol


  • espiga wine please

    Comment by 874532vilasol 874532 vilasol


  • COLLARES IS THE BEST WINE OF PORTUGAL AND OF ALL THE WORLD !

    Comment by 355028JOJOBO 355028 JOJOBO


  • i love the countrys history and they have good food great wine

    Comment by 377720machita17 377720 machita17


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